by Maryalene LaPonsie
Looking for help with elderly parents? Get some ideas of the various organizations that offer support and services.
by Isabel Fawcett, SPHR
Caregiving is one of life's mental, emotional and physical challenges. For many paid caregivers who provide direct care assistive support to elders in nursing homes across the United States, the physical demands of their jobs require enormous physical endurance, including safely lifting, turning and transporting elders within nursing homes.
by Carol Bradley Bursack, Editor-in-Chief
While caregivers have an abundance of specific questions about their care receiver's needs, a recent survey by Eldercarelink.com suggests that caregiver depression and caregiver stress are the most requested topics - and why not? Caregiving can isolate us from society at large. It can bring on guilt, generally undeserved, over not being able to do our caregiving job to perfection. It can bring on our own health problems. Of course people want to read about caregiver depression and stress - that's one way of knowing we aren't alone. And knowing we are not alone is one way to lighten depression and stress.
Click on the links below to see helpful articles and checklists on various elder care topics.
- How television affects elderly caregiving experiences
- Dementia and celebrations: ways to prepare
- Caring at home? Ways to keep elders active
- Practical tips for senior travel
- Eldersand hoarding
- Chronically ill elders: spotlight on ethnic hair care
- Six tips for bathing an elder
- Be aware of your words when a loved one's death is near
- Should you pester your parents to move near family?
- Caregivers try mightily to balance caregiving, work, family life
- Finding a public bathroom for opposite gender parent is difficult
- Caregiving comes from the heart but education helps
- Technology and elder care: the good, the bad and the robots?
- When elders and medical cultures collide
- Checks and balances in communication between caregivers and elders
- Downsizing: a reality check
- Social myth of over-medication in nursing homes begs clarification
- Elders, caregivers and communication barriers
- Details in elder care will always matter
- Elder-branding: people should not be defined by labels
- Elders, caregivers, and social invisibility
- Guilt is not an option for caregivers or elders
- Elders sharing memories can be bittersweet
- Note to self: have fun while providing elder care
- Family caregiving vs. paid elder care
- Pets can be therapeutic for the aging population
- Life is fragile